iPhone gift guide 2023 — give the best presents to friends and family

iPhone holiday gift guide
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With the holiday season on the way, now is the perfect time to pick up an iPhone gift, be it a brand-new device or an excellent accessory to complement one of the best iPhones out there. 

Whoever you are buying for may have already picked up one of the truly excellent iPhone 15 devices, released in September, or they are going to pick one up soon. No matter what the case is, a good case will sort them out, or perhaps a gaming controller or USB-C dock. There's so much to choose from out there and almost every accessory will meaningfully add to that nice bit of tech in your pocket. 

Here are the best iPhone gifts we can currently find, going from under $50 all the way past $100. No matter your budget, you should be able to find a great gift. 

$50 or less

8Bitdo Lite SE Bluetooth Gamepad

8Bitdo Lite SE Bluetooth Gamepad

This smaller controller is perfect for slipping into your pocket with your iPhone. This one doesn’t come with a grip for your phone, so bear that in mind when you buy one.

UGREEN RG 65W USB C Charger

UGREEN RG 65W USB C Charger

This cute charger is a tiny compact robot that can deliver 65W of USB-C power, perfect for charging any iPhone.

8Bitdo SN30 Pro Bluetooth Controller

8Bitdo SN30 Pro Bluetooth Controller

This Bluetooth controller is a very cool retro option for gamers on an iPhone. With all the connectivity and features you could need, perfect for anyone who uses their iPhone for gaming.

Diaclara iPhone 15 Case

Diaclara iPhone 15 Case

A cheap and cheerful case option, the Diaclara is one of the most popular case choices on Amazon and comes in a nice pretty pink. 

$50-$100

OtterBox cases and accessories

OtterBox cases and accessories

OtterBox offers up a wide range of its top cases for multiple different devices. That includes the Commuter and Symmetry Series, as well as its tough Defender and its premium Strada cases. 

18mm Moment Fisheye Wide Angle Lens

18mm Moment Fisheye Wide Angle Lens

Using this lens can give your iPhone camera an extra dimension in taking photos at a wide angle. It's a great way to test out your shots and see how they look on your Mac or iPad later in the day.

Moment M-Series 1.33x Anamorphic lens

Moment M-Series 1.33x Anamorphic lens

You can capture photos at a 2.40:1 ratio, which means you'll be able to have those lovely black bars, and oval bokeh, unique light artifacts to give that genuine anamorphic feel for your photos and videos.

Backbone One Mobile Gaming Controller

Backbone One Mobile Gaming Controller

This Backbone One controller is perfect for placing your iPhone into a grip and using it like an original Sony PSP from back in the day.

FiiO Q3 DAC Adapter

FiiO Q3 DAC Adapter

Not only will this result in some excellent sound for wired headphones, but this DAC adapter also acts as a 1800mAh battery.

Logitech Blue Yeti Microphone

Logitech Blue Yeti Microphone

A good microphone is needed to record the best audio when recording a podcast for instance. This can be plugged into an iPhone 15 Pro and you can record your voice into the Voice Memos app.

SanDisk 4TB Extreme PRO Portable SSD

SanDisk 4TB Extreme PRO Portable SSD

When you consider that one minute of a 4K ProRes file from an iPhone takes up around 6GB, this could be a great way to offload those videos.

Anker USB-C 11-in-1 dock

Anker USB-C 11-in-1 dock

This dock is perfect for extending an iPhone’s USB-C port to the extreme. From plugging external hard drives to connecting an iPhone to the dock’s Ethernet cable for wired internet, it could be perfect for those just-in-case scenarios.

Keychron K6 Wired Mechanical Keyboard

Keychron K6 Wired Mechanical Keyboard

This customizable keyboard is perfect to take out of a bag, plug into an iPhone, and quickly sort some emails.

$100 or more

Beats Studio Buds

Beats Studio Buds

The Beats Studio buds are not just a decent choice of earphone but a fashion statement in themselves thanks to that Beats logo. With great compatibility with Apple devices, IPX4-rated sweat resistance, and noise-canceling capabilities, it is packed with great features for that price. 

Anker Prime Power Bank 200W + Charging Base

Anker Prime Power Bank 200W + Charging Base

This fantastic power bank comes with an added charging base, so you never run out of power again. Charge up to three devices at once with a 200W output. The perfect gift for someone always on the go

Apple MagSafe Duo

Apple MagSafe Duo

The Apple MagSafe Duo is great because it will charge both your iPhone and Apple Watch with two different pads. It's currently on sale and the MagSafe fast charging means your iPhone and Watch will be topped up in no time. 

AirPods Pro 2 (USB-C)

AirPods Pro 2 (USB-C)

These remain the best earbuds Apple makes, with excellent contextual awareness building on its noise-canceling credentials.

Need more help?

These other holiday gift guides can help you look for some accessories for an iPad, a Mac, and more.

Apple MagSafe Duo | $129$98.50 at Amazon

Apple MagSafe Duo | $129 $98.50 at Amazon

The Apple MagSafe Duo is great because it will charge both your iPhone and Apple Watch with two different pads. It's currently on sale and the MagSafe fast charging means your iPhone and Watch will be topped up in no time. 

Beats Studio Buds |$149.95 79.95 at Amazon

Beats Studio Buds | $149.95 79.95 at Amazon

The Beats Studio buds are not just a decent choice of earphone but a fashion statement in themselves thanks to that Beats logo. With great compatibility with Apple devices, IPX4-rated sweat resistance, and noise-canceling capabilities, it is packed with great features for that price. 

Daryl Baxter
Features Editor

Daryl is iMore's Features Editor, overseeing long-form and in-depth articles and op-eds. Daryl loves using his experience as both a journalist and Apple fan to tell stories about Apple's products and its community, from the apps we use everyday to the products that have been long forgotten in the Cupertino archives.


Previously Software & Downloads Writer at TechRadar, and Deputy Editor at StealthOptional, he's also written a book, 'The Making of Tomb Raider', which tells the story of the beginnings of Lara Croft and the series' early development. He's also written for many other publications including WIRED, MacFormat, Bloody Disgusting, VGC, GamesRadar, Nintendo Life, VRV Blog, The Loop Magazine, SUPER JUMP, Gizmodo, Film Stories, TopTenReviews, Miketendo64 and Daily Star.